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Tornado rips through south Ruston

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Leader photos by NANCY BERGERON - Above, Ruston firefighter Jody Wainwright and Ruston Fire Department Captain Tommy Ceaser check on the welfare of a resident on Hilly Street whose house was damaged by Saturday’s tornado. Below, downed utility lines and fallen limbs litter the yard of a home on Allen Street.

More than 100 homes in south Ruston sustained significant damage early Saturday morning when a tornado hopped across Lincoln Parish.

The tornado was wrapped in a fast-moving storm that uprooted some trees, snapped others and left a tangled mess of broken poles that downed power lines. No injuries have been reported as a result of the storm.

National Weather Service meteorologist Chris Nuttal said the storm damage in part of the parish was compatible with an EF 2 tornado. That means the twister had maximum winds of 115 mph.

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